Professor Interview: Dr. David Jalovick

Toccoa Falls College is proud to highlight one of its most beloved history professors, Dr. David Jalovick. During the interview, Dr. Jalovick explains how TFC has changed over the years.
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“How long have you been a professor here at TFC, and what classes do you teach?”

“I first came as a professor back in 1997. So this summer will be 20 years of teaching here, but before I became a professor I graduated from Toccoa Falls College in 1981. Right now, I am teaching 11 history courses, which is the bulk of the history courses that the school offers. For a while, I was basically the only history professor here at TFC, but we now have several adjuncts who teach a few of the courses.”

“So, you have been here for a long time. What kinds changes have you experienced over the years?”

“As a student, you are talking about a history that goes back 42 years. I first came onto this campus in 1975. One of the major things that has changed is the increase of students from Georgia. I noticed that when I came back as a professor the Hope grant had been established, which enabled a number of Georgia students to come to this college who would not have attended because of the tuition. One thing that was especially noticeable to me were the number of cars that were not on campus during the weekend. When I was a student, most of us were from out of state, and as a result nobody left, or very few people, left to go home.

Clothing styles have come and gone. When I was here, jeans were not allowed in the classroom because some of us were not wearing the best quality jeans. In regard to hairstyles for the guys, facial hair was not allowed.  There were rules on hair length and dress length for women. Those things have changed.

Also, we have a much larger minority population. Whether African-American or Asian-American, minority population has grown. We are more ethnically and racially diverse than we were when I was a student. ”

“What was your experience like when you were a student at TFC, and what was your favorite part of being a student?”

“I was a missions cross-cultural major, and I have told plenty of people over the years that I think we had the best experience. We were taught to be world Christians, not worldly Christians. We were encouraged to get out of the American evangelical box. I felt that my studies went along with the biblical training that we were learning, as well as the various liberal arts and other courses.

When I first came as a student, I knew no one. I was 800 miles away from my home in Buffalo, New York. It took a while to get to know fellow students.  I am very thankful for the foundation and experiences that I had here. You can benefit from both the good and the bad; both types of experiences shape you, hopefully for the better.”

“Were you here for the dam break? What was it like for you and how did it effect you?”

“I was not in Toccoa at the time of the dam break. After my sophomore year, which ended in the spring of ’77, my fiancée and I decided that it would be better for me to drop out of school temporarily so that we could get married and I could work while she finished her nursing degree. The school that she was attending was in Fayetteville, North Carolina, 300 miles away. We planned to move back to Toccoa after she graduated so that I could finish my degree as well. Though we were not living in Toccoa at the time, we did come back several times to visit before November of 1977. In fact, my wife’s parents were living in the trailer park on campus because her dad was taking classes at the school. We knew a good number of students who were attending TFC at the time of the dam break, and we were here visiting no less than 3 weeks before the tragedy occurred. We came back the day after it happened, but we were not allowed to cross the bridge.  We knew a good number of the folks that had been killed, as well as the families.

One of my good friends, Jerry Brittan, was killed in the basement of Forrest hall. Jerry was from Western New York, and, since he did not have a car, he and I drove my car to New York several times. His room was where the Communications Department is now, and he was not able to make it out the night of the flood. A number of people that my wife’s family knew were killed in the flood as well. Thankfully, my wife’s parents survived the flood. The flood waters actually carried their trailer, rather than crushing it. After the flood, we stayed in Toccoa for a couple of days and visited some folks. It is hard to believe that this fall it will be 40 years ago since it happened.”

Toccoa Falls is thankful to hear from Professor Jalovick on his experience and vision at the school.





Screaming Eagles Baseball 2017

Toccoa Falls Athletics have been through a whirlwind of change over the last few years. It is common that athletes transfer in or out, but the athletic department has seen a surge of coaching turnover the last few years. The Screaming Eagles are in their first season under Head Baseball coach, Jeff Mullikin, and have struggled thus far. The program brought in more than thirty recruits this year, but have not been able to find the chemistry needed to win games. It is evident, even from the stands, that there is frustration about the seasons turnout. However, there is hope on the horizon according to Senior Team leader Nathan Stanley.

I spoke with Nathan about what the team needs to turn the season around, what are some positive things the team is doing, and the major area of improvement needed.

Nathan says, “The major factor in turning the team around is constant support from players, staff, and the student body. I have played sports my entire life, and I know how frustrating it can be to play on a team that has no support from players or fans. It is demoralizing playing in front of home crowd that does not cheer or support.” The Toccoa Falls fans have been extremely supportive and the team is looking forward to continued support from students, staff, and family members.

In spite of their lackluster record, there are good signs from a very, young team. Stanley talked positively by saying, “There are good things to be said about this team. The guys love each other and compete hard every day at practice to get better. We challenge each other on and off the field.” It is great to hear that the team pushes each other on the field, but their off-field chemistry is going to play a major factor in their success.  

According to Stanley, the one area that still has not clicked for the Screaming Eagles this season is the mental aspect. He explains, “As a team, we need to realize that each day is an opportunity to build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over. Our mental aspect of the game needs to improve as we begin to head towards conference play.”

Whether it is mental toughness, team chemistry, or just bad luck that is plaguing the Screaming Eagles Baseball team, there is no doubt that they are working frantically to figure it out. They have played opponents well, but have not been able to close out games. It will be interesting to see how things progress as conference play gets into full swing. If nothing else, there is optimism in the voice of one of the team leaders. Nathan continues to see the positive by stating, “As we are gearing toward beginning conference play, we expect to get on a hot streak. The last week, we have played top tier opponents and played them well. With our team chemistry and mental capacity for the game expanding, there is nothing but bright horizons ahead.”

Living in the Arts

Looking Outside the Frame is “A photography club themed off of community. Experiencing things while opening our eyes with a different perspective other than societies.” Club president, Samara Spence, developer of the photography club, has a passion for the art of photography, painting, and other art practices. Samara plans on graduating this spring with an Associates Degree in Arts and Sciences. After graduating, she wishes to pursue a degree in film. Samara has greatly enjoyed guiding the photography club at TFC with great effort and a contagious desire for people to learn photography.

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This year, Samara started the club and hosted an art festival, their first big event, on February 3rd. For Samara, she wished to demonstrate how the photography club is an important part of the arts that captures beauty. Looking Outside the Frame offers a place for people to grow in their photography skills. Samara explains that she never knew how to start the club, but with the help of her vice-president, she learned how to network and market herself. She looks at the club as “adventuring out” in a small community to share each other’s experience in the subject of photography. Toccoa Falls College students have a wonderful opportunity to join the club as they are looking for members and leaders.

Samara gained her love for picture taking when she found a book, Humans of New York, a collection of stories and photographs of different people throughout New York City. She was fascinated that the author  walked around to different strangers asking for their photograph. She was interested to see how the author was going around to meet new people. However, her vice-president helped Samara shape her perspective for the club as he explained that photography was more than just portraits.

One of the portrait examples she loved was how people showed before and after pictures of losing weight. “It was amazing how their bodies completely transformed”, she stated. Another example that was fascinating to Samara was of a women piercing her bottom lip in another culture to show a sign of beauty. As she looks at these specific instances, Samara is inspired to one day travel and capture Syrian refuges overseas. In addition, photojournalist Jim Loring, at North Georgia Technical College, greatly impacted her and others with his presentation on Syrian refuges. Her favorite part about guiding the community of TFC students in the art of photography is having fun and creating memories. “It’s hard” she explained, “but when everyone has been busy, it is fun to get a group of people together.”

If your interested in joining the photography club Looking Outside the Frame, please contact Samara Spence at

Sadie Hawkins: March Masquerade

Grab a dance partner as quick as you can, ladies, because this March, SGA will be hosting a spring Sadie Hawkins dance. This event, open to all students, is a great way to meet new people, form relationships, and have fun with the entire campus.

This year’s theme is March Masquerade. The celebration will include dance music, colorful decorations, and even a parade float holding a variety of chips and dips. This event will be a great way for everyone on campus to step outside of their comfort zone and find that it is rewarded with new friendships.

SGA is going off of the success of this event from previous years. Already, students of TFC have been coming up with creative ways to ask their dates to the Sadie Hawkins. Mandy Silker of SGA, with a piece of chocolate and a bag of Bugles, told her friend, “It would be sweet if you would boogie woogie bugle boy with me at the Sadie Hawkins”. Other proposals around campus have strangely involved food puns, including “Will you tagalong with me to Sadie Hawkins,” made by Rachel Johnson or “I know it’s cheesy, but it would be grate if you would go to Sadie Hawkins with me”. Students have commented on how impressed they are with the ladies of TFC for not shying away.

Heavenly Dacus, Campus Life Chair for SGA, shared her vision and excitement for this year’s Sadie Hawkins. Heavenly wants to offer a dance that the entire student body can enjoy each semester. “Christmas banquet is normally the only dance open to the entire student body. Junior Senior is a place to celebrate the achievements of the upperclassman,” she explains. “I think that it is an important aspect of life, however, I wanted to give everyone an equal opportunity to celebrate together”. Based off of student’s great memories from previous years, the Sadie Hawkins is definitely an event that everyone on campus can be involved in and enjoy.

Tickets go on sale next week in the Student Center. Grab yours between 12-2 PM for $3 a person. The dance takes place on March 3rd in Gate Cottage from 7:30 – 10:00 PM. Students are encouraged to create and wear colorful masks, but a mask isn’t required for the event. Attire is anywhere from casual to casual formal, so come in what you want! It’s going to be a good time and SGA can’t wait to see you there.

The Life Of An RA

Although being a Residential Assistant may not be the most glamorous job, it is done for the right reasons. Being an RA can become one of the most spiritually, emotionally, and mentally rewarding jobs to accomplish. Whereas most jobs consist of clocking in, going to work and eventually leaving…that concept is foreign to the RA. Instead of arriving at work, a Resident Assistant lives in the midst of students who look up to him or her as a role model and friend. Because of this live-in position, it can be hard to pinpoint what exactly an RA does. It is impossible to accurately quantify the amount of time, effort, and love an RA pours into the people he or she is serving. Unlike common misconceptions, however, the RA position is more about who you are then what you do.

From the outside looking in, the role of an RA may seem easy to step into – how hard can processing work requests and planning hall events be? However, the majority of this role is found under the surface. One of the primary roles of an RA is being a shepherd to students. This role includes prayer, occasional confrontation, and for a consistent Christian lifestyle to be modeled. As a shepherd, an RA spends time with the students he or she is serving by getting to know and encouraging them. This particular part of being a Resident Assistant requires a genuine care and concern for students. Being a shepherd also involves believing in and implementing the standards of the college as well as maintaining a safe environment for students to feel at home in.

A similar role RA’s take on is that of a Role Model. Like previously stated, an RA must model the standards of the college. However, RA’s also strive to keep their commitments, do what is right, and demonstrate good discipline in all areas of life. This involves being an effective communicator and working hard to maintain a positive attitude in the midst of craziness. A big part of being an RA is encouraging other people, building one another up both verbally and nonverbally, and being willing to listen to others.

An RA can be identified as an accessible person residents can relate to, confide in, and even admire. However, there are some tasks that an RA does frequently. Checking and processing work requests, attending team meetings, planning hall events, monitoring common spaces on lobby duty, filing incident reports, enforcing quiet hour or curfew, and other rules are some of the day to day responsibilities of a Resident Assistant.

Despite the fact that much of the work of an RA is both undefined and behind the scenes, it is truly one of the most life-giving positions. Serving in this role helps to develop balance, boundaries, and godly character. During this time at TFC, where there is much excitement and change taking place, I encourage readers to stop and thank an RA for the countless hours they spend planning and praying for the students of TFC to grow and succeed.